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Fanning the Flames: Climate Change and Increased Wildfire Risk

Fanning the Flames: Climate Change and Increased Wildfire Risk

The past few months have been busy for the Aboriginal Firefighters Association and the Indigenous Fire Marshall Office (IFMO) project. One underlying theme to these busy times has been the relationship between climate change and wildfires. AFAC’s Executive Director...

Housing Conditions and Fire Safety: It’s Time to Act

Housing Conditions and Fire Safety: It’s Time to Act

A recent UN report found that safe and secure housing remains a considerable concern for Indigenous Peoples. Housing conditions in many Indigenous communities are inadequate, to the point of being called abhorrent. Overcrowding and poor infrastructure are just two of...

UPDATE: More Hiring!

UPDATE: More Hiring!

Be a Part of the IFMO Project! The Indigenous Fire Marshall Office (IFMO) project continues to gain momentum as AFAC moves the project to the next phase. Several new opportunities have been posted on our website. As a ‘for us, by us’ project, we encourage all...

Traditional Fire Management: Learning from Australia

Traditional Fire Management: Learning from Australia

During a recent vacation to Australia, the AFAC Executive Director Blaine Wiggins had the honour of visiting Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) with retired firefighter Uncle Norm Clarke and Inspector Damien Thomas of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)....

Impacts of Climate Change on Women’s Health

Impacts of Climate Change on Women’s Health

It is an undeniable fact that climate change is impacting us all. Erin Myers of the Metis National Council spoke at the Women of the Metis Nation’s National Forum on the specific impacts that climate change is having on women and some steps we can all take. There are...

Managing Expectations

Managing Expectations

Managing Expectations as the IFMO Project Moves Forward The final installment in the Indigenous Fire Marshal (IFMO) project community engagement blog series highlights the discussions that took place surrounding managing expectations. Throughout the months of October...

AFAC: A Year in Review

AFAC: A Year in Review

As we move into 2020 and take the steps to move the Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO) project on to the next steps of development, we can look back at what a busy and exciting year 2019 was for the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) and the IFMO...

Programs and Services

Programs and Services

Moving Forward: Programs and Services for the IFMO Project Next up in the Indigenous Fire Marshal (IFMO) project community engagement blog series are the highlights from the session discussions on the planned programs and services. Throughout the months of October and...

Governance Models

Governance Models

Thinking Outside the Box: Ideas for Culturally Appropriate Governance for the IFMO Project Throughout the months of October and November 2019, the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) held community engagement sessions across the country....

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